Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A Little Perspective

OK, if even half of this is true, it's really bad, but half a millennium in prison?

The indictment charges the union leader, Brian McLaughlin, with a pattern of thefts over the last decade, including siphoning $95,000 from bank accounts for a Little League for the children of union members; installing a relative to head a commission on the dignity of immigrants, then collecting the relative's salary; and using union members to walk his dog, hang his Christmas lights and renovate his $760,000 home on Long Island.

Mr. McLaughlin faces up to 500 years in prison if convicted of 44 counts in the 180-page indictment, including fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, the use of phantom employees and receiving cash and other bribes from companies that employed union members.

I mean Ken Lay was only facing a maximum of 20 to 30 years in prison before he conveniently bought the farm. And he cost 4,000 employees their jobs and many of them their life savings while investors lost billions of dollars.

Hell, if you kill a worker by willfulling violating an OSHA standard, you only face a $70,000 fine, and in very rare cases, 6 months in jail.